Thursday, October 31, 2013
What is it that we love so much about Christmas? Is it the tradition? The sentiment? The décor? Or, some inexplicable combination of all three, that draws us into this season...year after year? Not really sure but its my fav season of all!
This said, I had to add some sprinkle to my shop -I grew up with the tradition of an Advent Calendar every year - and I wanted to create one that can fit with my home decor, and yours! So here it is; the Advent Calendar of the Year! I hope you enjoy it, and share it with your faves - I hope it sure make this holiday season even sweeter!
Designers (Olivier Theyskens, Stephen Jones, Eugenia Kim, and Warby Parker to name a few) created a special Halloween masks, and some of our favorite New Yorkers (including Grace Coddington, Angel Haze, Leandra Medine, and more) stopped by and played dress up with them. LOVE.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
I am absolutely in love with this interview! Happy monday:*
art is expensive. we know. we checked in with Bill Powers, a co-owner of online art gallery Exhibition A who is committed to making art buying less intimidating and more accessible. here, Powers talked to us about his first visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his signature rose-tinted glasses and why you just might find paintings hidden at the back of his closet…
Bill Powers is photographed in Half Gallery, a new uptown space he moved into in February. (It doubles as the office for Exhibition A.) He wears his own custom Mr. Powers cardigan, Levi’s 502 jeans, and loafers he picked up at Dick’s Sporting Goods. “My wife likes to tell people they’re Margiela,” he jokes.
How long have you been involved in the art world?
I opened Half Gallery in 2008 and then cofounded Exhibition A in 2010, but I had been writing about contemporary art since the late ’90s for publications like the New York Times, Details, Paper, Muse and Purple magazine.
Were you exposed to a lot of art as a kid?
My mom took me to see the King Tut show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I was in third grade. Does that count?
Where did the name Exhibition A come from?
I was thinking about that Andy Warhol book A Novel—Google the cover image—and also the play on words with ‘exhibit A,’ the way they introduce evidence in bad courtroom dramas on TV.
You and your wife, Cynthia, are big collectors. How does that process work for the two of you? Do you both buy what you love? Or is it a compromise?
Cynthia went to art school in Chicago, so that’s her first love, even before fashion. In terms of collecting, I sometimes borrow a page from my friend Andy Spade’s playbook: he buys a painting and puts it in a closet until his wife finds it later…
Is it true that when you launched Exhibition A, one of your goals was to make buying and collecting more approachable, no matter what one’s background was?
Yes, that’s exactly right. Today, auction houses and major galleries often sell artwork off jpegs they email to collectors, which can be scary when you’re talking about a million-dollar John Currin painting, but less so if it’s a five-hundred-dollar print by Rene Ricard. Exhibition A makes art approachable without dumbing it down. We consider ourselves an online art adviser.
How do you approach the network of artists and people you work with on Exhibition A?
We like to mix in established talent with more emerging names to keep things fresh. I find that art fans in general have a deep curiosity, so I like to imagine that our base is down to discover new creative voices with us.
Tell us about a few artists you’ve featured on Exhibition A who have knocked it out of the park.
Aurel Schmidt has a big following already, but when her print of a flower in an empty beer can sold out in one day, I was shocked at the demand was for her work. Ditto with Wes Lang. My biggest honor to date was working on an Exhibition A print with Richard Prince, who’s been an art hero of mine from day one.
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Tabitha Simmons, the English-born shoe designer and stylist, invited us to her Chelsea studio to reveal an envy-inducing number of shoes and a little boy’s hat made of vintage Cracker Jack charms that was totally, well, charming.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Sorry for my disappearance lately! We had a must reunite family emergency and so we scape to Cancun for a week! Amazing, totally recommend it. I did Cancun for spring break but it has totally more to those days;) although glorious one more visit to discover all the ruins and amazing food, not to say their #vegas night life is totally worth picking it as a winter scape! Thought to share some of my pics! I love traveling with my fam, and my american boy, totally helped him in the Espanol department! Hope you guys are all doing well! xo luciana
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I have been complete obsessed with the Edison hanging lamps concept, and in the continuings of revamping my home, I want to incorporate this to it! But they are wayyyy to over price, so I found this really cool tutorial on how to build an Antique Fixture for under $25! Super excited will be making soon and sharing my own antique edison lamp!
Unfortunately, high demand leads to inflated prices. Any simple fixture that claims to be “antique” or “vintage” costs a premium. Some are worth the price, but we’ve seen simple antique pendants out there going for over $100, when the raw materials to build the fixture cost under $25.
The following guide will show you how to build your own antique swag light fixture in less than 10 minutes with materials you can buy for about $25, including the bulb.
(1) antique twisted wire cord - $6.00
(1) dimming brass socket - $10.00
(1) EZ grip antique plug - $1.50
(1) antique light bulb - $5.00
A flat head screwdriver
A set of wire strippers
A pair of scissors
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
As a non-sports lover, rather volunteer girl, I decided to be inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt's life advice: "You must do the things you think you cannot do" and so I registered this year not to volunteer but to ride 25 miles for cancer research. - I know it might not seem like so much of a challenge, but if you know me, you know I'm pushing it;)
Please help me reach my goal, by donating to my PELOTONIA profile;) In support to all the hearts that have been touched by cancer - Pelotonia is a grass-roots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. 100% of all the donations go DIRECTLY to cancer research at OSU James Cancer Research Center -
Any donation would be awesome and much appreciate it, not to say you will be getting a pretty card from my shop:)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
One of my favorite things to do when just killing time is browsing my favorite online haunts on a little virtual shopping spree. Myth & Symbol, although a brick and mortar store located in Houston Texas, is one of my absolute favorites. The ladies behind the shop are sisters, Chau and Trang Nguyen, who are just as sweet as can be. I’m hoping to physically make it to Myth & Symbol someday soon, but for now I’m just delighted to wishlist just about everything from their online shop.